Plant Systematics, Pollination Ecology, Pteridology
Phone: (707) 826-3674
Office: Science C 104
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BA (1970) University of Michigan
PhD (1975) University of Michigan
Introduction to Graduate Studies
Summary of research
My research interests fall into three sets, reflecting the idiosyncrasies of my development as a biologist: mating
biology of ferns; evolutionary consequences of hybridization; and pollination ecology. These days most of my work is
centered on the interactions between flowers and pollinators. Recently I have developed a tremendously fun obsession with
bees. Northern California is so rich in native plants and bees that I feel like I am in pollination heaven.
Dilley, J, P Wilson, and MR Mesler. 2000. The radiation of Calochortus: generalist flowers moving through a mosaic
of potential pollinators. Oikos 89: 209-222.
Kentner, E and MR Mesler. 2000. Evidence for natural selection in a fern hybrid zone. American Journal of Botany 87: 1168-1174.
Mullenniex, A, TM Hardig, and MR Mesler. 1999. Molecular confirmation of hybrid swarms in the fern genus
Polystichum (Dryopteridaceae). Systematic Botany 23: 421-426.
Mesler, MR and KL Lu. 1993. Pollination biology of Asarum hartwegii (Aristolochiaceae): an evaluation of Vogel's
mushroom-fly hypothesis. Madrono 40: 117-125.
Sydney Carothers, Brian Dykstra, Jenny Hutchinson (Ed. Leave), Laura Julian, Heidi Lovig, Kim McFarland, Jade Paget-Seekins, Autumn Reid, Cara Witte
Tamara Camper, Rosemary Morris, Ellen Tatum